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Fates and Destinies
by Charles T. Scribner

Subject: Marginalia
Publisher: Hilltop Press (UK)

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first edition chapbook, A5, 36pp, ISBN 0905262190, 1999 N/A out of print

Fates and Destinies cover

Look Up and Wonder

Of this book, the author, an American doctor and poet who has been studying prehistoric astronomy for over 20 years, says: "I used to think, as most of us do, that predicting eclipses and meetings of the planets is beyond anyone who is not a double PhD.

"I was wrong. When I started to look at the sky with the unaided eye and translate the dimensions of the stone circles, I learned they were also textbooks of astronomy the builders of those circles used to teach their children how to look at the sky, think clearly, and count.

"They showed me how to predict those eclipses and conjunctions using nothing more than a calendar and addition and subtraction, elementary school arithmetic. You can do this too, using the clear explanations here, and at the same time share my wonder at the achievements and understanding of the supposed illiterate savages of ancient Britain."